Community Canoe Development Pathway Program 

The Aboriginal Sports Circle Community Canoe Development Pathway Program provides grants to help offset the cost of competition style canoe races for communities in the Northwest Territories.  

The purpose of this funding is to assist organizations in undertaking Sprint and Marathon Style Canoe Races, and to provide support for the development and growth of athletes to pursue Canoe Racing. This funding may also be used to host major Canoe competitions or Canoe Championships in the NWT. 


Eligibility Criteria 

To be eligible for funding:

  • Must apply as an organization or group 
  • Must be a resident of the NWT and NWT based organization
  • Must be used for specific Canoe event in the NWT
  • Must be 19 years or older to apply 


General Guidelines
  • The funding must be used for Community Sprint or Marathon Canoe Races
  • All races must take place in the Northwest Territories
  • Your event must happen the same summer that the application is accepted
  • There must be a youth category in the Canoe races
  • The maximum funding amount is $2500.00 per community 
  • Canoe applications will be prioritized as there is a limited grants given out yearly
  • Detailed budget required in application
  • Applications must be received electronically, faxed or hand delivered to be considered 
  • ASCNWT will have an ongoing application acceptance until September 2018
  • All grant money is advanced to the appropriate organization. (No personal cheques will be written.)
Required Application Material 
  • Application form*
  • Detailed budget*

*Forms can be found below and can be submitted electronically 



The Aboriginal Sports Circle will only review complete applications. 

  • Applicants will receive written notifications of funding decisions
  • Incomplete applications will be rejected as ineligible for funding


Funding Priorities

ASCNWT will give priority to:

  • Sprint and Marathon Canoe Races
  • Races that directly involve youth
  • Races that involve a large number of individuals (ie. community event, etc.)
  • Races that enhance awareness about the Canoe Race community
  • Races that encourage youth to pursue Sprint and Marathon Canoe Racing at the North American Indigenous Games
  • Races that will take place at carnivals, jamborees and Canoe Race festivals 


ASCNWT will NOT Support:
  • Incomplete Applications
  • Funding request for new canoe equipment
  • Businesses that will receive financial gain from the event 
  • Applications from non-residents or non-NWT based organizations 




Online Canoe Application 



Application Guidelines - Canoe

Application Form - Canoe


Send Application to:

Shawna McLeod 

 Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT

 Box 1537


Yellowknife, NT X1A2 2A2

Phone: 867-669-8382


Fax: 867-669-7857



Canoes were developed over the course of thousands of years by the native peoples of North America. The word 'canoe' originated from the word 'kenu' - meaning dugout.  North American Indians are responsible for creating the more well-known version of the canoe - a frame of wooden ribs covered with the lightweight bark of birch trees, and sometimes elm or cedar trees. These boats, which have remained virtually unchanged in design for thousands of years, proved to be ideal for travelling the numerous streams, rivers and lakes of North America.



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    Established in 1999, ASCNWT was created through a national consensus-building process in response to the need for more accessible and equitable sport and recreation opportunities for Aboriginal peoples across the Northwest Territories.

    We believe that all Aboriginal people in the NWT should have the opportunity to participate in sport and recreational activities at a level of involvement they find meaningful and valuable.